Perth Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

The front of Perth Sheriff Court


Perth Sheriff & JP Court – Offices will be closed for staff training on the first Tuesday of every month, between 2.00pm-5.00pm 

For urgent matters/applications during these periods please contact Forfar Sheriff Court on 01307 462186 or


Tuesday, 7th February 2023

Tuesday, 7th March 2023

Tuesday, 4th April 2023

Tuesday, 2nd May 2023

Tuesday, 6th June 2023

Tuesday, 4th July 2023

Tuesday, 1st August 2023

Tuesday, 5th September 2023

Tuesday, 3rd October 2023

Tuesday, 7th November 2023

Tuesday, 5th December 2023


Latest covid-19 information

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New, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will be heard in all 8 Tayside, Central and Fife Courts as follows.

Tayside, Central and Fife

Alloa Sheriff & JP Court

Stirling Sheriff & JP Court

Falkirk Sheriff & JP Court

Dunfermline Sheriff & JP Court

Kirkcaldy Sheriff & JP Court

Perth Sheriff & JP Court

Dundee Sheriff & JP Court

Forfar Sheriff & JP Court

Unless the above Court is closed for a Public holiday, where by the following HUB courts will be in operation:

Falkirk Sheriff & JP Court (covers Alloa, Stirling & Falkirk PH custodies)

Kirkcaldy Sheriff & JP Court (covers Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy PH custodies)

Dundee Sheriff & JP Court (covers Perth, Dundee and Forfar PH custodies)

Sheriffdom orders

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court.

Please also refer to the Rules and Practice section of the website.

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Tayside, Central and Fife Guidance for court users appearing from custody Sep 2023PDF24.24 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Tayside Central and Fife Order No. 1 of 2023PDF136.73 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Act of Court -amended 2024 (signed)PDF186.42 KB17 Aug, 2023 Download
Act of Court -amended 2023 (signed)PDF188.37 KB17 Aug, 2023 Download
Final - Sheriffs Principal Guidance for Court Users - Electronic Submission of Documents PDF227.19 KB24 Oct, 2022 Download
PN no.3 of 2022 - PIDM (003)PDF361.90 KB19 Oct, 2022 Download
Court holidays 2023PDF189.40 KB02 Aug, 2022 Download
Management of Proceedings in the Sheriff Courts (July 2022)PDF181.07 KB20 Jul, 2022 Download
Guidance for Court Users - Child Welfare HearingsPDF172.56 KB13 Jul, 2022 Download
Management of Summary Cause Proceedings Housing (Scotland) Act 2001PDF193.24 KB11 Jul, 2022 Download
Act of Court 2022PDF180.51 KB13 Aug, 2021 Download

Perth Sheriff Court House is an imposing listed building situated on the banks of the river Tay. The building, designed by London architect Sir Robert Smirke, was built in 1819 and stands on the site of Gowrie House, the place where a plot to kill King James VI was hatched in 1600.

There are currently 5 court rooms with 3 resident Sheriffs. The Sheriffs and the Sheriff Clerk's staff deal with a variety of business which fall into the categories of Criminal, Civil and Commissary. The JP Court is dealt with by a Justice of the Peace, a Legal Advisor and a Clerk.

Visiting Perth Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court - Word version
Visiting Perth Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court - PDF version

Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Tay Street,


Main telephone

01738 620546

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Neil Rawlings




01738 623601


Jury helpline

01738 492858 - Sheriff & Jury helpline

01738 492859 - High Court jury helpline

Accessibility contact

If you want to contact us using text relay please follow the guidance at this link -  the Next Generation Text Service

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court (by phone or attend in person), a telephone interpretation service is available.  To access this service ask for telephone interpreting and the language required. This service is NOT available during actual court proceedings.

If you use British Sign Language (BSL) and wish to phone us using a sign language interpreter, you can use the online video relay interpreting service. For more information see the contactSCOTLAND website.


Use journey planner for public transportation information.

On Arrival

On arrival please report to the main reception desk in the building through the front door and turn to the immediate right.

If you are attending for Jury service please have your citation information readily available when checking in at front entrance reception and you will directed to the appropriate court.

Full access for any wheelchair users or persons with prams/pushchairs is available via a ramp adjacent to the front entrance of the building on Tay Street.


The WRVS run a snack bar service on the ground floor from 9.30am until 12 noon. There are several restaurants close to the court house.

If you are serving on a jury a light lunch will be provided at a local hotel nearby.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties.

Peace signings are available by appointment. Appointments can be made by phoning the office number: 01738 620546.

Travel Directions

The Court is located on Tay Street, near the Queens Bridge, close to the town centre and accessible by public transport.  All day metered parking is available at the South Inch car park, this is a 5 minute walk from the court house.  The entrance is located via Shore Road. Short stay metered car parking available at the rear of the court building, accessed via South Street or Canal Street.

By Bus

Buses stop on Princes Street, Canal Street and at Perth Bus Station which is situated in Leonard Street.  All of these locations are approximately a 10 minute walk from the Courthouse.

Various bus companies operate service to and from Perth, please check local timetables or check Traveline Scotland website via the link below or alternatively call them on               0871 200 2233.

By Rail

Perth Railway Station is located on Leonard Street which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Courthouse.  Timetable information can be obtained from Scotrail or National Rail Enquiries via the following link.


The nearest taxi rank to the Courthouse is located outside Tesco Metro, South Street. This is a 5 minute walk from the Courthouse.

Pay a Fine

 If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page. 


Opening Times

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00, Fri 09.00 - 16.30.





Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8, 29
September 11
October 2
December 4, 25, 26



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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